Windows Core System (Windows Core OS) has appeared on the Geekbench testing page and points to being the future of Microsoft operating systems under a modular concept as the main feature.

Windows Core System should have been the star of Microsoft’s next development conference. Although there have been multiple internal references and it has been unofficially confirmed by Microsoft in various documents and job listings, the company was expected to officially present it at BUILD 2020 and show a roadmap of its adoption. Suspension of the event due to the coronavirus crisis may have delayed its presentation, but internal development continues.

From what we know so far, the system stands out for its modular capacity as main feature. Basically, it is a basic nucleus to which module-based layers will be added to adapt to each device where it is executed. And it would be anyone, from laptops to the Xbox, through the HoloLens or the new folding devices or devices with a flexible screen.

Windows Core System will be used in many “flavors” and you won’t be surprised that the first one is Windows 10X. Precisely, his new appearance in Geekbench is a test test on the Core i5-L15G7 processor, one of the Intel Lakefields which will power folding devices such as the Surface Neo or the Samsung Galaxy Book S, not yet announced.

It is clear that Microsoft has begun actively testing the operating system with the upcoming Intel processor and more details should be shared soon. The test has been carried out on a virtual machine although we know that several Microsoft employees are already operating the Surface Neo.

We have a lot to know. If visually we have already seen how its interface will be and how some of its components will reach Windows 10 desktop, the development will use a more advanced version of Windows Shell, known as Composable Shell, which adapts to different types of devices without the central core having to be modified. What is removed or added are surface layers that do not affect that basic “center” or “core”, adapting the operating system to the needs of each device.

Another of the great keys will come from your ability to run applications, how and which, considering that Microsoft wants to remove any legacy components. Windows Core System would natively run Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications and PWAs (progressive web applications) as well. It would also be able to run Android applications, but it is unknown how Microsoft will support Win32 applications that are still used by millions on the computer desktop.


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